Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.
Public Hearing: Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact
IMLS is holding a public hearing to examine the need for high speed broadband in America’s libraries. IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public.
National Initiative: Building Digital Communities
Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to broadband programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
Broadband content on the IMLS Web site:
September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives.
August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more.
June 18, 2014 11:45 AM
The report shows the state of public library service in the U.S. and how investments affect library usage.
January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives.
January 14, 2015 01:37 PM
Libraries are repositioning themselves as educational institutions, so they will be viewed as important as schools, colleges, and universities.
December 19, 2014 10:23 AM
Three new developments in Washington, D.C. will impact the work of U.S. libraries and museums for months and years to come.
Five museums and five libraries have won the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
Garden State communities are quickly finding that history and high-tech intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway, a newly developed web portal that is linking historical institutions around the state and helping to digitize their rich collections.
March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use.
The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.”
This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access.
Quick summary of the impact of library services for digital literacy and broadband adoption.